Here at Hollaback!, we are proud to be apart of the longstanding tradition of women fighting street harassment. In the early 1920s, a group called the Anti-Flirt Club stood up against street harassers (or as they were called then, “Mashers“). In the 1960s and 70s, femininists again spoke out about the impact of street harassment on women. Today, in honor of International Women’s Day, we ask that you celebrate the accomplishments of these women — and those of our 150 site leaders from 44 cities and 16 countries — by sharing your story of street harassment.
Your story has the power to change the world. Each time you hollaback, thousands will read it and your story will shift their understanding of what harassment means. Some will walk away understanding what it feels like to be in your shoes, others will feel like they are not alone for the first time, or that it’s not their fault. Combined with on-the-ground activism, your story will redefine safety in your community—it will inspire legislators, the police, and other authorities to take this issue seriously – to approach it with sensitivity, and to create policies that make everyone feel safe. Your story will build an irrefutable case as to why street harassment is not OK. A case strong enough to end street harassment once and for all.